Impact & Results

Improved Maternal & Child Health Outcomes
The Kansas Perinatal Community Collaboratives utilizing the Becoming a Mom/Comenzando bien® curriculum have enhanced participants' social support, stimulated behavior change, and improved birth outcomes. This level and intensity of community collaboration across agencies and programs is contributing to a much greater impact than any one agency working in isolation could do on its own.

Highlights from the 2016 Kansas aggregate report are below.

  • Preterm birth (<37 weeks): 8.1% program rate vs. 8.8% state rate
  • Low birth weight (less than 5 lb. 8 oz.): 6% program rate vs. 6.9% state rate
  • Infant Mortality: Decreased rate* for a five-year period for the two longest running programs
    • Saline County: 8.5 to 4.2 deaths/1000 live births
    • Geary County: 10.4 to 6.4 deaths/1000 live births

View the most recent State Aggregate Report, including a detailed historical perspective and comprehensive analysis of program outcomes.

*Sources: Kansas Vital Statistics 2006-2010 and 2011-2015; Participant data 2016